Creating Stylish Outdoor Rooms
Imagine having extra space for entertaining, dining and relaxing…all without adding on to your home. You can expand your living space with a few creative ideas to turn your yard into another room with the stars as your ceiling.
Outdoor furniture has come a long way since Grandma’s picnic table gave you splinters and those folding chairs with the sagging, woven seats fell apart. Now, you can create a look that’s upscale and sophisticated that honors your own personality and fits in with your home’s exterior.
1.Choose Your Furniture Style
Wicker: Timeless & Romantic
The use of wicker for furnishings goes back as far as ancient Egypt, but it rose to popularity during the Victorian era. More recently, the desirable look of natural wicker has been successfully replicated in weather-resistant materials. Plow & Hearth wicker is crafted of durable resin woven over aluminum frames, making it hardy enough to set out in the yard.
Wicker can be the foundation for any look from classic to romantic based on the color of wicker you choose and any cushions you use to work with your décor.
Urbanna wicker is completely handmade, looks gorgeous from every angle, and comes with cushions in a variety of color options. Add throw pillows and a rug for even more style.
Full of Southern charm, our Prospect Hill in Cloud White with Aqua cushions offers a soft, romantic touch.
You can get a completely different look with black wicker and contrasting cushions. Our popular, value-priced Easy Care Wicker in black offers a modern aesthetic that looks good anywhere from poolside to urban rooftop.
Wicker is a lovely option for outdoor dining as well. With an umbrella to provide shade and a rug for softness underfoot, you can pull together a look that’s perfect on the patio or deck.
Wood: Classic & Versatile
With its natural grain and timeless appearance, wood is a great choice for any home, from traditional to modern. Plow & Hearth chooses eco-friendly, FSC-certified eucalyptus for our wooden furniture because it’s naturally insect-resistant and has a straight, smooth grain.
Our Claremont collection features a multi-step finish and galvanized steel hardware for long lasting good looks. It will weather to a soft gray over time, or you can oil it to maintain its rich color.
Metal: Sturdy & Stylish
Metal is nearly indestructible, with long-lasting good looks. Aluminum naturally resists rust and corrosion, and is enhanced by a multi-step finish that adds to its long life and beauty.
Our Park Grove Deep Seating Set accommodates five people and includes a coffee table for beverages and snacks. Deep, pillowy tufted cushions and generous proportions give you room to sink in. Bonus: the chairs have a little bit of spring to them for added comfort.
Park Grove dining is available in 4 and 6 person sets with included cushions and attractive woven designs.
If you’re going for transitional or modern, the Green Spring Seating Set offers clean lines and neutral colors to achieve that look. Two layers of powder coating make the aluminum frames extra durable, while the comfy cushions and nicely angled seating offer relaxation. The unusual tempered glass top coffee table has the appearance of a light wood grain, making it a real conversation piece.
Synthetic Composite Wood, Made in USA
Another option is eco-friendly “lumber substitutes” crafted of recycled plastics, polyresins and polyethylene. POLYWOOD® is one such option. This wood-look material resists stains, corrosive substances, insects, salt spray and more. Even better, the color is integral to the material, meaning it’s not painted on…and will therefore never require repainting, staining or weatherproofing.
Our May River collection is crafted in a similar fashion with DuroGreen® Poly-Tuf ™ lumber comprised of 95% post-consumer HDPE with solid, UV protected color throughout.
2.Customize with Cushions
Just like your interior rooms, your outdoor spaces will come alive when you add a pop of color. Cushions are among the easiest ways to add style and comfort outdoors. Weather-resistant, quick-drying fabrics create worry-free style anywhere. What a great way to show your personality!
Mix solids and patterns to get a custom look.
Throw On Some Style
In addition to cushions for chairs and sofas, you can select outdoor throw pillows that add unexpected style and substance to your décor. Outdoor pillows come in weather-safe polypropylene or polyester, to simply spot clean, hose clean and air dry.
There are hand-hooked options, embroidery, applique and more to give you the look you want.
Coordinate Your Shade
You can get umbrellas in the same fabrics, pulling the entire look together. Use a freestanding umbrella anywhere for shade. All of our dining tables have umbrella holes built in for convenience.
3.Rugs Make The Room
Rugs have a way of pulling a room together…and that means it can happen on your porch, deck or patio too! Most outdoor rugs are made of polypropylene, a durable fabric that’s mold, mildew and UV resistant to prevent fading. The best part? They hose clean, so there’s no need to worry about muddy paws and feet.
Use them indoors too; they’re perfect for busy households, especially those with kids and pets.
Take a look at the way rugs and cushions change the same dining collection:
Rugs not only add color and comfort underfoot; they also help to visually define the space, which is a real plus outdoors with no walls.
You can enjoy your outdoor dining, living and entertaining spaces any time of day or night. There are so many options, from lanterns to candles and torches… but did you know that you can use lamps that look just like the ones in your living room? No need to worry about oil or open flames so long as you have access to an electrical outlet.
These lamps are made to go outdoors, with weather-resistant shades, light bulb covers, plugs and cords. They add not only light, but style to your spaces. These two lamps take up to a 100W bulb, meaning you’ll have enough light to read by while enjoying the outdoors.
Artwork and accessories add personality and presence to any space, indoors or out. You can choose art that’s safe to hang on exterior walls, bringing together your color scheme and adding that final touch that makes your room feel complete.
Metal, canvas and even lighted options can elevate the wow factor in your outdoor dining or seating area.
Plants and Planters
Real or faux plants fill in spaces, adding texture and visual interest to your outdoor rooms. Use decorative planters with your own greenery or flowers, or use realistic faux for flawless color any time of year.
Raised planters are attention getting and the mixed materials work well with many kinds of décor.
Lighted trees add color, height and of course light to your outdoor (or indoor) rooms. Weather safe trees add lots of ambiance anywhere! Choose the soft pink and white blooms on our Cherry or Dogwood trees, the subtle greens of our Eucalyptus and Olive trees, or the rich colors of vibrant Maple.
Ready to expand your space without expensive renovations? You can dress up your current outdoor furniture with rugs and accessories for a fresh look, or indulge in an entire room of quality furniture that will stand the test of time.